Outreach To The Community
We want to help assess and develop the steps to break generational stigmas and poverty for future generations. We seek to establish and advocate achievable goals for parents and children of all ages. Bringing unity back into the community!!
“ A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” -Proverbs 18:16
Youth Is Life-Athens realizes that each family/child is unique, filled with their own designated purpose. We want to help you find it. Our mission is to connect, develop, and restore the relationship. Our mission is to develop the connection between parents and their youth/children. Bridging the generational gap through adventures, activities, community events, and workshops.
It’s important to learn and teach family history in order to help relieve generational poverty. If you don’t know who you are, then you allow others to dictate your life and your future. Transferring wealth to the next generation is important. Empowering youth and parents to rebuild family focused environments is a priority as well as breaking the cycle of systemic generational bias and stigmas.
Knowing and being comfortable with yourself, helps you become the human you’re destined to evolve into for your future. Making a difference includes, allowing kids to live and love themselves first, along with support and love from their guardians. Remember anything that you love and are passionate about is connected to the source of your light!
We want to establish a better way to escape poverty, through assessments, data collection, generational connection, and strategic planning. Every day we must assess and examine ourselvesTrade in expectation of appreciation. We provide a family-style,non-judgemental,safe-haven. Its purpose is to empower, encourage fair treatment for our youth while engaging in our community. We will build trust and respect in order to help reach young people. We hope to help break the cycle of poverty, abuse, domestic abuse, systemic oppression, neglect, rejection, abandonment, and generational stigmas.
Inspire and Motivate
Our hope at Youth Is Life-Athens, is to inspire, motivate, and bring awareness to schools about education, entrepreneurship opportunities, and the juvenile criminal justice system. Other priorities include developing sustainable programs, providing resources, workshops, and training sessions. Adapting positive creative and social change to help lead to a better life for everyone. The future of our nation is up to the next generation, we must help to start the
Community Unmet Needs:
Youth Is Life-Athens, provides programs to help meet the unmet needs in our community. We need a diverse youth program. Several children are engaging in the streets, and street gangs have grabbed our children. Youth are bored, rejected, neglected, and abandoned. They are judged the moment they enter the room. They have no program outlets in our community. Youths face the same challenges as adults. We need to connect the right people with our youth, who faced similar challenges and experiences. Youth need someone they can relate to and talk to physically. Youth Is Life- Athens seeks to connect the youth and mentors who can navigate life’s challenges. One of the most important assets in life is mentors.
Youth Is Life-Athens, offers programs and has partnered with Strong Beautiful Godly Girls,
Founder Latasha Sheats.
Breaking Generational Curses
We celebrate and support a diverse group of youth. Encouraging our youth, one of the most important assets in your life is to have that mentor or positive role model. Young men and women across different crossroads in life. Each person has a unique individual journey. However, there is someone that has had that same journey with a different experience. Meeting someone who they can trust and help them navigate the challenges of life. Youth needs someone
they can relate to in life. We will connect them with people who can go through that challenge with that experience. If we don’t offer the program, we will find the program that fits that child or young adult. We will not leave anyone behind. Everyone’s story and journey matters in our world. We really need to meet this need, so we want to lose any more of our children to the streets or mass incarceration.
Goals and Objectives
About Our Program
About Our Program: During this pandemic period, Youth Is Life has provided assistance to many homeless minority families who are in need. Each week, we provide food, clothes, shoes and childcare. We have helped over 500 families so far. Our goal is to continue to assist as many individuals as possible. Youth is Life needs monetary funds to continue helping students with our fitness, nutrition, and literacy program. Supplies are costly. A safe haven to engage as well as stretch their minds and bodies is also a part of our effort. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to continue our youth development program.
Poverty has an expiration date!
Youth Is Life-Athens Program offered:
”It Starts with You”
How will we implement transformation:
● Who are you??
● ( Finding Yourself, self-assessment)
Know your Why!
Know who you are!
Know your rights!
Programs: What is a Gang? What are Generational Curses? What is Poverty? What is a Negative Mindset? What is pure pressure?
● Photoshoots (Help you see yourself has golden)
● Resume Building
● Breaking Poverty Mindsets
● Self-Care Session
● How to dress; Workshop-Setting your own trend, Being and becoming a leader.
● Accountability Program (Always hold yourself accountable)
● Transformation Program
● Job Opportunities (Connect with Goodwill)
Program and Offers
We will provide childcare, Monday-Friday, Time: 7:00am – 6:30pm
Breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided. Children are required to bring all school supplies, assignments, and masks. We will offer all athletic training, step, dance, yoga, arts, and etc. Please note we follow CDC Guidelines regarding Covid-19 and expect our families to respect and support the safety of all families.
Home economics: Learning how to cook a quick meal in the kitchen
● Real Talk Discussion: Trending topics of the moment (youth, life, art, music, dance)
● Specials/Trade of choice: Career goals and mentorship
● Fine Arts: Dance, music, art classes, voice classes, choreography, modeling, and fashion
● Computer Laboratory: Learning how to enhance computer and technical skills.
● Generational wealth assessments: Parents and kids making and producing products
for the community.
● STEM Program: Robotic instrument studies, building computer systems, software and
● Sports Training: Basketball, Football, Track, and more.
● Miscellaneous Classes (MIX-IT UP)
● Virtual School Program: Learning school work only
● Motivational Curriculum: Eric Thomas and local motivational speakers
● Fitness-Wellness: Nutrition tips, outdoor and indoor activities
● Love Yourself Affirmation Program: Devotional learning, memorizing affirmations – More below
Additional Program offers.
Entrepreneurship: Creating your own business and learning to be financially independent.
● Strategic planning (12week program); (Creating fiscal plus flexibility plans and
graduation goals)Ultimate goal? To be your own boss
● Financial Classes: (Budgeting, expenses, accountability, responsibility)
● Vision Board Classes (Write the vision and make it plain)What are your dreams? Plans, goals, accomplishments.
● Mentorship: Allow kids to pick a mentor and provide encouragement and assistance on how to mentor their peers
● Life Skill Classes (Peer pressure awareness, attention hoards, bullies )
● Resource connection hub for organizations developing within the community
Collaboration and Partners
● Athens Clarke-County Library (provides space for the children to get resources)
● Strong & Beautiful Godly Girls(girls mentorship program)
● The League of Step Team (all age step team)
● East Athens Development Center
● Intown Suites Hotel
● Budget Inn Motel
● Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement(Teen Social Justice Club)
11 generations later, we need to understand and learn that every generation needs strong leaders. Athens has a •38%poverty rate. Youth Is Life™️ Advocates against institutional poverty and public institutions that don’t provide truthful historical information. We oppose systemic oppression and organizations, including churches that do not provide services to help the homeless or poverty and domestic abuse.
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